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Learn to decode Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs)

An interactive, hands-on way to learn how to read Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) and other aviation weather reports and forecasts

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What is a TAF?

Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts, known as TAFs, forecast the weather around many US and international airports. They're the first forecast that most students learn, and at many airports, they're the best way to determine the weather at your departure or arrival time.

What Does this Course Cover?

This course teaches you to read and use a TAF, focusing on each weather group and code contained in the forecast. It also covers every other text weather report and forecast you'll need to know for your private pilot check ride, including: METARs, Pilot Reports, Area Forecasts, Winds and Temperature Aloft Forecasts, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, and Convective SIGMETs.

Benefits

Learn

  • Hands-on reports show you how TAFs code any weather condition

    You'll learn how TAFs forecast weather by learning about a weather forecast group and then changing its values. Increase and decrease visibility and see how the TAF changes. Vary wind direction and watch it reflect in the forecast. You'll quickly gain experience reading all types of forecast weather conditions, and will be able to answer any question your check pilot throws at you.

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    This course breaks down each part of a report or forecast by individual weather group - allowing you to quickly jump to areas you need to study. Do you feel comfortable with TAF sky condition forecasts, but are unfamiliar with low-level wind shear? No problem - jump straight to the wind shear section. Totally confused about the difference between probability (PROB30) and temporary (TEMPO) forecast groups? We'll take you through them step-by-step. Each report and forecast is broken down by group so you can study at your own pace.

  • Unlimited Examples Teach You to Recognize all Types of Weather

    Our weather simulator generates real-world weather conditions - so you quickly gain experience with all types of weather. And, with unlimited examples, you won't memorize a series of forecasts - so you aren't surprised when your check pilot pulls out a summer TAF during your February check ride!

Practice

  • Practice until you feel comfortable

    Each practice section allows you to answer as many questions as you want - you can stop when you're comfortable. Score and streak gauges let you know how you're doing, by showing you your overall percentage score as well as how many questions you've answered correctly in a row. Once you're comfortable with a group - move on!

  • Targeted practices let you fix weak areas quickly

    Each practice focuses on a specific weather group in a report or forecast - simulating questions for each variation of that group. Feel uncomfortable reading significant weather groups in a TAF? No problem - you can focus in on the group and practice until you're proficient. Whether it's forecast change groups in a TAF or the outlook in a Convective SIGMET, you'll be able to read it.

  • Weather simulator makes sure you can read any condition

    Each practice session uses a weather simulator to generate unlimited, real-world questions with new weather conditions. You'll see weather from all seasons and areas, so you can read any report your check pilot throws at you.

Test

End-of-topic test make sure you're proficient

Each weather report or forecast ends with a test to measure your proficiency. You can retake the test as often as you want - we'll save your highest score. Review your answers after each attempt and quickly identify any areas where you need more practice.

Designed to Work on Your Computer, Tablet and Phone

The course runs through your web browser, so you can use your computer, tablet or phone - including Apple, Android and Windows.

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